In this whole sad chain, it takes only one person to say “No, I’m not going to do this.” One person can stop the whole train. We are not at the point where secret police take you out back to shoot you if you refuse to go along, but school districts fire people for far less. If this train keeps rolling, we may wonder why we did not try to stop it when we could.
Macron’s program declares that for some prescribed amount of time, people sixteen years of age belong to the government. They have no choice about an obligation they did not seek. Nor do they have a voice in the matter, as they cannot vote.